Wedding fairs, are they worth it?

posted 2 weeks ago in Engagement
  • poll: Are wedding fairs worth going to?
    Yes : (16 votes)
    41 %
    No : (21 votes)
    54 %
    Depends: please leave a comment : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    We thought the one we went to was fun, and we found our florist there.  She works out of her home as a side job- which made her prices low.  She was wonderful, and I don’t know that we would have found her otherwise.

    Post # 3
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    1209 posts
    Bumble bee

    I went to one and found it lots of fun (with free samples of cake) but I didnt actually get much use for the wedding out of it. If you want to go for the experience its pretty fun and it gives you alot of ideas if you havent thought about colors, cake, flowers etc but we did find that alot of the vendors were quite expensive. 

    Post # 4
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    465 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    We went to one–first off, there is next to nothing for the guys there, but he wanted to come both because he wanted to be part of the planning and because he was curious about the American Commadore Tuxedo Dancers–and if nothing else, we came away with a grab bag full of goodies, some coupons for tux rentals, and we won a certificate for $50 off a dinner at a country club.  My mother also came and I learned she has a deeply hidden but deeply felt weakness for macaroons, and so now I know what to make on her birthdays.  All in all, the only really useful wedding related thing we got out of it was the tuxedo coupon, but hey, a dinner voucher, some macaroons, some great ideas for dresses to never wear.

    And the American Commadore Tuxedo Dancers were fun to watch.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I never got any vendors from them but I always enjoyed going. Just make sure you have a wedding only email to give out. I’m still getting emails from vendors and I got married back in April and I’m very glad I had a wedding specific email account.

    Post # 6
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    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Rydges Hotel

    We already had our venue and florist sorted when we went there, but we still had so much fun! I managed to win 3 prizes from the fair and got great deals for hubby’s suit. 

    Post # 7
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    22 posts
    Newbee

    I thought the one I went to was worth it. I had a venue and date but not much else when I went. So far, I found my photographer there.  My strategy was just take a flier from every vendor that I still needed (so photo, dj, etc.)  Then FI compared the fliers to our research on the internet and narrowed down our list that way.  All the vendors had discounts if you booked within a month of the show.  

    I did find after a couple hours I was over it and the vendors trying to get my attention, but by that point I’d walked by most of the booths anyway.  Overall worth it.

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park

    Worth it totally based on the free cake samples. 

    Post # 9
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    26 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    We found our cake place as it was a lady working from home and also it helped me with decorating ideas

    Post # 10
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    123 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I wanted to go to try and win the prizes! Then we realised we should look for a DJ while we were there. We didn’t find one there we wanted, but I did find a couple of people I will use for making place cards and our ‘guest book’ (puzzle). Overall I say worth it, but I won no prizes 🙁

    Post # 11
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    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort

    I love them. I’ve gone to three since January. We found who we’re getting our chair covers from, but that was about it for vendors. I got a $100 coupon for a dress shop at the first one I went to, but didn’t end up getting mind from there. Free cake and a big bag of goodies. We also were able to set our registry at Bed Bath and Beyond and scheduled our appointment to add things to our registry on a day when the store near us was having a wedding event and we got free food and prizes at that. We already had a lot of planning done already when we started going to them, but I love the atmosphere for some reason.

    Post # 12
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    7672 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    There are lots of fun samples! Sometimes vendors have comped tickets, so you could even go for free. 

    Post # 13
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    8381 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Not worth it IMO. Best vendor recommendations were word of mouth from those who knew the area well. 

    Post # 14
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    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 - Glen Island Harbour Club

    I went to one with a couple of friends and definitely got some ideas.  We got a coupon for the tux rental which was helpful.  I found a DJ there that was really awesome, but wound up going with a family friend who’s a DJ and he offered to do it for free (originally, he was going to be a guest).

    Post # 15
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    2244 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Geekchick42 :  Not worth it. We went to one. We were all excited and everything was top of the line. It felt like the commercial…this is how a wedding should be according to American standards.. There was a lot of upselling. The photographers I saw were crap. The flowers were overpriced and the cakes were equally expsnsive.

    I went on another wedding website to find my photographer. Went to the local baker(we buy a lot of baked goods all over the area ) and we went with Wegmans for flowers. 

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